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The South Milwaukee Veterans Council Inc. – a corporation of the five chartered veteran units in South Milwaukee: The American Legion, American Veterans, Catholic War Veterans, Polish Legion of American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars – is planning its annual Memorial Day parade on Monday.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish (St. Mary’s) Catholic Church on 13th Ave and Manitoba Avenue, ending with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on 10th Avenue.
Thank a veteran this weekend … and honor their sacrifice.
With that, I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging, barring a significant breaking news event. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for reading.
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The South Milwaukee Education Association is hosting a public forum around the state budget on Tuesday, May 28.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Papa Luigi’s, 1919 12th Ave. in South Milwaukee.
Experts on school program and funding will lead a discussion of key issues in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, including a potential funding freeze and voucher expansion. I’ll also be providing some insights about how the state budget impacts South Milwaukee.
Learn more here. Hope to see you there!
So reports the Chicago Tribune …
Well, that’s some good news. At least they’re talking.
Some highlights from Tuesday’s meeting of the South Milwaukee City Council …
- We recognized the appointment of a new fire captain — longtime former Lt. Glen McCoy. Replacing Lt. McCoy will be John Frost, also promoted from within. Congratulations to both men. Their promotions are well-deserved, and it’s great to see internal candidates chosen for these roles. (Capt. McCoy replaces Joe Knitter, a former captain who was named South Milwaukee fire chief in late 2012.)
- So, with the promotions, there are now two empty firefighter jobs to fill. The council voted 7-1 to not fill those jobs for now, pending the results of an upcoming arbitration hearing over a grievance involving an interpretation of vacation time language in the city’s labor contract, as well as the uncertainty over potential consolidation. I was the one “no” vote. I would rather fill those jobs now, rather than wait on those variables. The department is already stretched thin.
- We also voted to give “first readings” to the ordinances introduced earlier this month around terms for elected officials, and the nature of the city clerk, treasurer and attorney positions. The vote was 8-0 on all of these measures, except for the aldermanic term issue. I voted no on that one, following up on my vote on May 8. I think aldermanic terms should be staggered. The language we voted on does not call for that. I expect final passage of these measures in June.
- There was also an update on the proposal for apartments on Ninth Avenue. The Plan Commission has asked for some changes with the project, including reducing the number of three-bedroom units. Next up, if the developer decides to proceed: submittal to the Community Development Authority. Eventually the project would end up back before the council to handle any necessary rezoning.
- We voted to cancel our July 2 and August 6 meetings, as we typically do during the summer.
- The South Milwaukee Fire Department also honored several of its own as part of Emergency Medical Services Week. I’ll be posting more on these award winners soon.
- And we granted the liquor license request for Spirits.
I know the weather isn’t perfect, but the South Milwaukee Downtown Market is prepared for a big start to our 2013 summer season.
We start our fifth season today (May 23), and we’re expecting more than 40 vendors selling produce (in season), organics, arts, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods and more.
We also have live music or a special event every week.
Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. this and every Thursday through October 10 (no market July 4). We’re located on 11th and Milwaukee Avenues.
See you at the market! Learn more here.
Congratulations to the South Milwaukee softball team, which clinched the Woodland Conference championship last week.
The Rockets also won their WIAA regional opener, 7-5, over Racine Horlick on Tuesday. Next up for the seventh-seeded Rockets is a regional final against second-seeded Kenosha Tremper.
Gametime is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Kenosha.
Here is the bracket. Go Rockets!
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